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today's holiday makes this story especially meaningful, we were there when the family went through what was left of their home most items destroyed but a few survived, the most meaningful ones. we have the story. >> cracked cellphone video of a fire yesterday. in taking this debbie couldn't believe her eyes. >> a fire so hot it spread to the house next door and then burned paint off the side of the house in all from a battery charging her grandson's toy electric car. >> it was almost like the 4th of july how sparks went boom. >> she told us they were made by florian and removed. >> it's on the bottom probably
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totally disintegrated. >> everything she owns this now blackened rental home. >> the damage in house, all of the furniture, clothing, memories, there was one in particular that concerned her the most. >> it's my dad. >> a last picture of him on the wall burned beyond redemption one memory gone. in the hall closet another, his uniform. he served in world war ii and died in 1993. >> this is the jacket, the jacket he's wearing in the photo. >> it's something anyway but still wasn't enough. as the morning wore on she had to know the truth about her other most prized possession which did not look good. >> oh. >> until it did. >> this is the best thing all day.
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it's my dad. >> tears of grief turning to joy, a father to hold after all. tragedy and now a small triumph on the most conflicted of thanc thanksgivings. abc 7 news. new at 6 the san matteo fire can thank their cat to save them from a fire, the cat woke people up by making a lot of noise, it had bells on the collar damage estimated $400,000. a redding family is thankful that a mother of two is alive after a kidnapping ordeal. she was snatched three weeks ago and turned up this morning, 130 miles away, many questions remain.
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>> she vanished on november 2nd under mysterious circumstances, she didn't return home from her jog and failed to had pick up her children and at a news conference this afternoon the sheriff reveal who they believe kidnapped her. >> we're looking for a dark-collared suv with two hispanic females armed with a handgun. >> for some reason still unknown they released her near interstate 5 in yolo county early this morning and a driveranced for her call for help after stumbling upon her into the pre-dawn dark zbrness. >> she was bound with restraints but able to summon a passing motorist on highway 17. >> the woman is now reunited with her familiarly and being with her family and being
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treated. investigators never gave up hope. >> on this day of thanksgiving threes remind your family and those close to you how much they are appreciated and loved. >> while the sheriff spread the word about the two suspects on the run they refused to reveal how she suffered her injuries. a skateboarder attacked a police officer outside of stark bucks on grand street. witnesses say he was acting errat erratically. he hit the officer on the hit with his board. the officer went to the hospital with serious injuriesx the police caught up with the attacker on lyndon avenue. sheriff are looking for two inmates who made a daring escape
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in jail this morning. they haven't been found but two others have been caught. vick with the very latest. >> well cheryl this is still an active search and the sheriff's office is asking for the public's help. the inmates escaped from that building behind me in the older section of the jail and there are no security cameras in that area. >> inmates are sophisticated where they have a lot of time, they can sit and think about how to get out of jameis. to get out of jail. >> look closely and you can see the makeshift rope used by the four inmates to escape. inside you can see the missing bar and bed sheet tied to one side at the window and here with ha was left of a bar that was cut off. they found no tools in the cell. still at large these two inmates.
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chavez and campbell held on various charges including fi firearms violations. ment sheriff deputies and others involved in the man hunt setting up a perimeter around the main jail and two of the four inmates were caught immediately by a deputy patrolling outside of the jail. >> he saw movement of someone in the shadows and looked up and saw the clothing hanging from the window and was able to apprehend two of the escapees. >> they may have had help from the outside. that's something investigators are looking at as well as videos from outside the jail facility. abc 7 news. a 40-year-old man and teenage daughter are okay after being pulled from the beach.
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ranger spotted them entering the water before noon and a beach hazard was issued for 12 to 15 foot waves. a 15-year-old boy was caught in the waves. and the dad and sister went in after them. the life guard had to pull two from safety. some stores are making a point of staying closed for the holidays, others are open and are seeing a lot of customers. we are joined now at concord shoping center. what are the crowds like? >> hi cheryl. this is happening in stages at sun valley mall. what's going on right now, this is a very long line waiting to get into this store called life is pink. it's a victoria secret store. these folks have been waiting an hour and they're letting them in
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in stages. this store will be open all night. >> the turkey can wait for those who decide to shop this thanksgiving day to scoop up a few deals before settling for the traditional meal. >> what are you going to look for. >> probably i need to buy a game. i need to buy a flat screen tv. >> this is no random exercise. there's a lot of reconand planning that goes into the decision to shop on a major holiday. >> well i go home, go online, see who is has the best deal and i just drive over and pick up what i need. >> what about the will be late afternoon, tonight. >> gilbert has been down this road before, or line as it were, this time arriving at 5:30 in the morning it be among the first in life at best buy. >> i'm in line for a toshiba 4k hd tv.
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it's about 499 >> are you a veteran of this? >> around ten years. >> rod williams third in line sling and all despite having a broken collarbone, he too wants that $199 toshiba. >> you are going to be able to maneuver. >> yeah everybody going to be going over my shoulder to tackle me. >> is it worth it. >> it depends on what deals are avail able. >> apparently it's worth it for these folks. check this out something really good here, skinny colorapanlts. this will stay open all night, officially black friday has started.
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abc 7 news. >> skinny pants and thanksgiving that doesn't work. >> right now early black friday sales going on, we've posted a complete list of holiday store hours on our website for you, abc 7 news.com. whether going jogging after your big dinner or shopping, whatever you want to do weather is not going to get in the way. it's clear but cool. we have a look at your forecast. >> next 24 hours we have clouds thickening around the bay area. s stormy active weather of monthing out moving out to sea. we will see partly cloudy skies, it will get chilly in the early morning hours and maybe
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sprinkles in the north bay by about 7:00 a.m. shouldn't interview with plans for shopping tonight or tomorrow morning. in the early morning hours may be light sprinkles in the northern part of the area around clear lake and then there's more to come. we have a pretty wet weekend shaping up, we'll look at that a little later. thank you. talking politics at your thanksgiving dinner may not be the way to keep harmony. coming up a tip for calm conversation of the k-9 variety but first. >> it breaks my heart to see people eating
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the balloons and the floats, the 90th annual macy's parade. unprecedented amount of securities this year. that's angry birds, wow, still up there. no problems wie're happy to report. 4,000 volunteers helped out today to bring thanksgiving dinner to those who can't get out because of age or ill zblns the recipients of the meals are
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shut ins that may not have human contact with anyone or may not be able to get out to go to community feedings so we're bringing thanksgiving to them. >> absolutely wonderful. . this is far from the only act of generosity on this holiday. hundreds of volunteers stepped up to make sure thousands enjoyed warm meals. >> it's a tradition in the mission. >> a heartfield tradition, these folks look forward to every thanksgiving. >> an amanda, the owner who is doing all this is an angel to me because i have nowhere else to go for thanksgiving. >> the market's meals are healthy with lots of veggies and
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even fruit to take home. >> it's a great way to celebrate her success in the neighborhood. >> generosity in inside the dining room. >> this is where volunteers sign in to begin preparing thanksgiving meals. >> it's been wonderful since i didn't have any place to go. seeing all these wonderful people, i'm just grateful. all of this positive energy and this guy right here. >> like co-founder says this year's feast drew lots of young volunteers. >> i see a lot of young people committing themselves to at least one day. >> it feels good to help. >> it's a massive operation to feed thousands in the san francisco bay area. thanksgiving dinner brings out the very best in people.
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in san francisco, abc 7 news. president obama and his family are celebrating their last thanksgiving in the white house and provided these images of the president calling service members around the world and punishing them a happy thanksgiving. addressed the nation. >> remember the patriots who landed at the edge of the world in search of freedom, we give thanks to the brave men and women who defend that freedom in every corner of the world. >> the president called america to come together during the holidays during this hard-fought election. so you can do what cookie roberts does, she shared this advice on "good morning america". >> you know what i've been doing this entire political season at mixed tables is talking about dogs. i think it's a great thing to do. you just talk about dogs.
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and it's just fine. it really does work to talk about the dogs. >> the experts that abc news talked to shared their strategy, advice on our website abc7news.com. let's talk about the weather. here's live doppler 7. clouds beginning a bit around the bay area. it's still dry but maybe not for long. i go to great lengths to bring you this weather and here we go with our beach hazard advisory. wave advisory up to 15 feet. strong possibility of rip currents and sneaker waves. we have inland areas dropping to 40s already. here's a deal over san francisco under partly cloudy skies, going to be chilly for black friday
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shoppers, will be a pretty wet weekend and a cooler pattern will settle in as well. we'll see low temperatures dropping into the upper 30s in the inland valleys where it will be chilly. partly cloudy barely above 60 degrees around the bay and inland. approaching storm for late tomorrow night light intensity which can have moderate rain fall, few sprinkles in the north bay tomorrow, by tomorrow night we will see the first wave of measurable rain fall pushing into the central bay area by 5:00 in the morning. should be wet in all regions of the area. next storm breaks into showers into saturday and rain fall totals will range from 0.3 to
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three-quarters of an inch. sunday ranks one of the impact scales put the two storms together and it's a pretty wet weekend coming our way and also snow for the sierra. here's the accu weather seven-day forecast. bright sunny skies for the remainder of next week except for a slight sprinkle on sunday. >> we have a new friend here in sports. sports. we're talking the cowboys,
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am i actually pushing these guys who ran out of gas sports. we're talking the cowboys, six miles on a lonely highway? or is this a metaphor for how i'm constantly pushing myself to make a tastier sandwich? like my new pepper jack ranch spicy chicken sandwich with spicy pepper jack cheese, spicy ranch, and spicy all-white-meat chicken. but judging from the third-degree sunburn, and the fact that i can't feel my legs, i'd say i'm actually pushing this car. there's gotta be a better way to get new customers. the pepper jack ranch spicy chicken sandwich. taste it before it's gone. yep, i'm lost.
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now sports from abc 7 news. >> well the about "s in big d have plenty to be thankful for, the best record in football behind a rookie quarterback hitting the conversation for mvp and rookie running back, first quarter, 27 carries 97 yards. 7-0 dallas. cousins to jackson, 67 yard. for touchdown. former cal bear 118 yards receiving. couldn't stop elliott, pounds his way in for second touchdown
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of the game. how about them cowboys winning it 10th in a row 31-26. >> intercepted. it's picked off by darius slay with the game changer picks off sam bradford, 30 seconds left, knotted as 13 not any more, beats minnesota 16-13. lions in first place in the nfc north. michigan taking on lincoln for 3a championship. third quarter. joseph broussard 32 yards for the touchdown. bears trail 15-12 in the fourth. mission deep in their own territory. the pass is picked off by jackson walker, the quarterback keeper calls his own number. i'd say it's a good call. that's a touchdown.
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lincoln wins it 22-12. forget about a turkey leg the lions looking to feast on the annual big bone game. looking to set the tone early, it's a 37 yard touchdown pass and lions lead 7-0. how about thomas balling, could say he's balling, ran for two touchdowns and lifncoln with 19h consecutive win. consecutive win. more highlights at 11:00.
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they're off at the turkey trunk in concord, thanks for sharing this video using the #abc7now. >> thanks to the silky terrier. friend take a moment to realize how blessed you are. >> top dogs, right. share yr thanksgiving with us. we'd really love to see them. >> join us tonight at abc news at 11:00. why eat when you can shop, bargain huntsers are finding
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plenty of company and the weather is going to be great for it. >> it is but eat first and then shop. >> great advice. >> i'm full of advice. >> enough of this edition of abc 7 breaking news. for all of us here the entire >> abc7 presents "beyond the headlines" with cheryl jennings. >> welcome to "beyond the headlines." i'm cheryl jennings. you know, communities across the bay area are facing issues of hunger every single day. it affects children, seniors, people with steady jobs, and so many more. according to the five bay area food banks, almost 800,000 people use their services every month. now, overall, these food banks distribute more than 170 million pounds of food to those in need every year. it's interesting to note that more than half of the total pounds of food distributed is
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actually fresh produce. i am proud to say that abc7's parent company, disney, is committed to fighting hunger. this past year disney donated $1.5 million to the feeding america network of food banks, and this means that each of our local food banks in the network received $15,000 from disney and abc7 to continue their important efforts. right now we have a local story of a young person making a difference. the city of san jose is teaming up with a south bay teenager to fight hunger. kiran sridhar founded waste no food, a website and an app that lets businesses donate leftover food to charities. the hunger at home has already used the app to help silicon valley companies and restaurants donate 10,000 meals that otherwise would go to the landfill. >> instead of putting a cheese tray out for 500, we deconstruct and put the different components in smaller platters, and when not used and it can't be consumed by team members or by future guests, then it's donated
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safely. >> now, san jose is the first city to partner with waste no food. hunger is a big problem, sadly, in the wealthy silicon valley. one in four residents lives with hunger. one of those residents is in the studio with me right now, kelly kang. she is a wife, a mother of four, and their family struggles regularly to make ends meet. kelly, thank you for being here today. >> thank you for having me. >> i really appreciate the fact you're willing to come forward and talk about what's going -- four kids. how old are your kids? >> they're 11, 9, 5, and 2 1/2. >> had to think about that for a minute, right? >> yes. >> and do you have a husband? >> yes. >> and he's unfortunately had a disability, something on the job? >> yes, he was a machinist, and he got hurt on the job, and he hasn't been able to work since. >> so you're carrying the load for everybody right now. >> yes, yes. >> and you've also just moved, so tell me about that. >> yeah, this is kind of stressful. >> it gets hard. >> yes, it's stressful trying to get into place. but we finally got settled in and just trying to deal with that right now. >> yeah, and with all that, with
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the moving and costs and -- you have one car, right? >> yes, yes. >> for all of you. so, getting around and getting the kids around and getting to your job... >> yeah, i have to take public transit so my husband can take all the kids to school so he has a car available for him. that's what we're gonna have to start doing, yeah. >> now, one of the big reasons you're able to do what you do is because of food-bank support. >> yes, that's correct. >> so, tell me how that works. >> i've been going to church about a year and a half -- trinity church -- to get the food available for us, and then we pick up the produce, and then we go there, pick all the fresh fruits and vegetables, and then there's also, you know, canned goods and meats, and then once we get that, it helps that we make salads, 'cause it's very expensive to do that, 'cause i currently work at a grocery store, and it's still very expensive to try to get the fresh fruits and vegetables for us. so, once we do that, we bring it home, and that seems to help us out quite a bit. >> and then they get the food from another source. >> yes. second harvest food bank.
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>> and second harvest is so awesome. i love working with them. they were even kind enough to help you with being here today. >> yes. >> tell us about that. >> yes. actually, susie from trinity church, she actually contacted me and asked me if i'd be willing to do a story, and then caitlin kerk actually contacted me, and that's how i ended up here today. >> and you got a ride here. >> yes, exactly. >> otherwise you would've had to take the bus. >> [ laughing ] exactly. >> so i'm really grateful that you're here. so, now, fresh fruits are so important, especially with young kids. >> yes. >> and how frustrating for you -- you work at a grocery store and can't really afford to buy the food that you sell to other people. >> yes, exactly. >> so, that's another issue, but the fact that you have the food bank available to you, what does that do for your family? how do you see it changing your family? >> it's exciting for my kids. they get to pick out what they want to eat, and then also i make smoothies for them every day, especially my youngest, my 2 1/2-year-old son. he won't eat vegetables, so i make it as a smoothie, throw some flaxseed in, it helps out
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tremendously, and we get to eat salads a few times a week, because it's very expensive to do that, too. and then my oldest actually cuts up all her fruit and provides it for them, so that does help. >> and i think a lot of people think that when you're poor that all you eat are starches and cheeses, right, which is not the best thing for you to eat, so the fact that you're able to have healthy food, especially for growing bodies, they need that for their minds and their bodies. >> yeah, we get a good variety. that makes it really nice, too. definitely. >> do they have some favorites? veggies? >> yes. they actually love to eat salad -- lettuce, tomato, cucumber -- they all love that, and actually two of my daughters love broccoli. so i'm really lucky in that way. so, they like that. they like to pick out the cereal and the bread, so we try to have very -- a lot of variety of foods. >> yeah. and it does make a difference because that means that your family can be normal with all the stresses that you have underway. so, we're almost out of time. what do you want other families to know who might think, "oh, i don't need that" or "i'm too proud. i don't have to do that."
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what's your advice for them? >> just basically there is food out there. there's help out there. it's hard to ask, but just go there. this church i go to, you don't have to belong to the congregation. just walk up, and they're just so supportive. i think sometimes you just end up forgetting that you're getting that help, so just ask for it. it's available to you, and it affects your kids if you don't do that. >> right. it does affect your kids. and i think you said a really important thing. don't hold back. don't be shy about it. >> yes. it's hard. it was embarrassing for me. it still is, but the help is out there, and i just think about the kids. >> you just said something really important. it was embarrassing for you. but now -- all the people who want to help you and help your family thrive, it's really remarkable. >> yes. i've had a lot of support and help out there with his family and ours. they've reached out and helped us out, too. >> so we want people who are watching your story at home to give generously to second harvest so that they can help all the agencies in your county. >> yes, definitely. >> thank you so much for being here.
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>> thank you. >> thank you for sharing your story. >> no problem. >> and best wishes for healthy kids. >> yes, thank you. >> and your husband, too. >> yes, thank you very much. >> all right, kelly. nice to meet you here. >> nice meeting you, too. >> all right, we have a lot more to talk about. when we come back, we're gonna learn about the importance of how fresh produce affects hunger relief, and the incredible amount of food that goes to waste before it ever gets sold or even donated. stay with us.
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>> welcome back to "beyond the headlines." i'm cheryl jennings. we're talking about families in need and the value of fresh produce in our hunger-relief efforts. you may not realize it, but most of us throw away more than $1,000 worth of food every year, and you might be even more surprised to know just how much food goes to waste before it ever hits the stores. as abc7 news anchor reggie aqui explains, wasted food is a national crisis. >> these greens look good enough to eat, until you realize this salad bar is in a dump. we found thousands of pounds of fresh produce heaped high, much of it in store-ready bags. >> this load here by itself was probably close to 10 tons. >> cesar zuniga says the mountain of vegetables is just a fraction of what he sees every day at this waste processing
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facility in salinas. the salinas valley produces 70% of the country's salad greens. this batch came from dole. >> unfortunately, i'm not surprised. >> dana gunders is the author of the "waste free kitchen handbook," and wrote this report for the national resources defense council with a shocking conclusion. >> across the country, we waste about 40% of all the food that comes into our food supply. >> that includes food waste on farms, those scraps you leave behind in a restaurant, lettuce going bad in your fridge, and bruised or spoiled food in grocery stores. but that doesn't include produce supermarkets reject. the industry has very specific standards, everything from the size of a banana to the shape of a bell pepper. what doesn't make the cut doesn't make the shelf. >> certainly can't have a big nose like this. >> huge amounts of fruits and vegetables are rejected because they're ugly. >> we basically buy the produce from california farmers that wouldn't normally make it to
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grocery stores. >> then emeryville-based imperfect foods boxes it up and sells it to you at a big discount. >> so, there's absolutely nothing wrong with these fruits and vegetables. they're basically the same exact quality as normal grocery-store product. they're just shaped a little bit funny. >> the food industry knows it has a problem. >> we were really startled to discover that the single biggest category of what's going into landfills in the u.s. is food. >> the national food waste reduction alliance is bringing together grocery manufacturers, food marketers, and the food service industry to cut down food waste. one strategy is to recycle more. >> we're actually diverting 93% of our food waste away from landfill. >> but as we found in salinas, there is still plenty of waste. this lettuce looks good. some of it was bagged and ready to go nearly two weeks from expiring. not to mention all the water that was wasted to grow all this food. so why were they thrown away? dole foods wouldn't talk on
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camera, but in a statement said, "dole disposes of approximately 20,000 pounds weekly at the salinas waste facility," adding that these bags are "samples that we use to monitor product performance and not intended for public consumption." dole's statement didn't address the lettuce not in bags. local food banks want to see more of these greens tossed on a table, not in the trash. >> we'd love to have all that we can get. >> the food waste reduction alliance says it's encouraging members to donate more. >> nobody likes to see food wasted, least of all us because we don't see that as food waste. we see that as an opportunity to get food for low-income people who need that food. >> reggie aqui, abc7 news. >> amazing, huh? well, in the studio with me right now is keisha nzewi. she is the advocacy manager at the alameda county food bank. and thank you for being here with us today. >> thank you so much for having us. >> there is so much that you're gonna talk about today that i am learning for the first time, and i am just in awe of the work
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that the food bank does. so, first of all, start with who you serve. >> well, the truth is we serve everyone's neighbor. in alameda county, we are serving one in five of our neighbors every year. >> one in five? >> mm-hmm. that's 20%. >> oh, my gosh. >> which is surprising because we're in such an affluent area. >> right. that's incredible. >> mm-hmm. >> so, one of the things that you did -- and i just learned this today, and i don't know why i don't know this -- but you actually eliminated one kind of beverage. >> yeah. in 2005, our executive director, suzan bateson, made the very bold move to stop distributing soda. but by doing that, that eliminated a lot of poundage that our food bank was distributing, and at that time, that's how our success was measured. but instead that's when we started to incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables. so, in 2005, we were able to distribute a million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables. >> wow! >> and this fiscal year we're on pace to reach nearly 19 million pounds. >> oh, my gosh.
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how do you get that? i mean, that's a lot of food. >> it's a lot of food. what's probably surprising to a lot of people is that food banks actually purchase most of their food, and although we do receive a lot of donations, of course, our produce we pretty much purchase at about 10 cents per pound. >> now, do you deal with specific farmers? how does that work? >> well, we're so lucky to live in california and not in the frozen tundra, so we have fresh fruits and vegetables available to us year-round from california growers. >> i hope they give you a good deal. >> it's 10 cents a pound. it's better than we get at the grocery store. >> that's true. that's true. we heard kelly talking about that. >> mm-hmm. >> and the healthy food -- kelly was talking about how important it is for her kids. and have you seen a difference when you change the distribution of the types of food from just canned goods, salty things to fresh food? >> i think people appreciate so much the opportunity to buy foods that are otherwise out of reach for them because of cost, and so, by being able to provide so many fresh fruits and vegetables and other foods that
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are good for health, it's really important, and it really -- i don't know -- brings a level of equity to communities that otherwise can't access the foods that you and i may take for granted. >> right. and they should have that right to have healthy food every day. >> absolutely. >> so, you get all this -- tons and tons of food -- so, how do you distribute all of that? >> we are -- we have a network of over 200 member agencies, which are both food pantries and soup kitchens, so places that prepare meals or places that give out groceries, and they acquire their food from us and possibly other sources, and then they distribute it to their community. >> and is there a limit on the amount somebody can take? >> well, with fresh fruits and vegetables, that's unlimited supply to our member agencies. >> nice. >> and once they're distributing it in the community, oftentimes they don't have to put a limit, but, of course, resources are limited, and sometimes they may say people can take so many of this and so many of that.
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but the great thing is that people can choose and choose the foods that their families enjoy and aren't forced to take whatever is given. >> right. they don't feel like it's a hand-down. >> right. >> all right. the important phone number for people. >> right. so, when people need food, they should call 1-800-870-food, or 3663. >> and in our last few seconds, what's the most important thing people can do at home to help you help people who need food? >> i think that they should donate. every dollar that's donated to alameda county community food bank we're able to purchase $6 worth of food, so their dollar goes a very long way. >> so $10 would buy a lot of food then. >> lots. >> keisha, thank you so much. thank you for the work you're doing, too. >> thank you. >> all right. and we have a lot more to talk about. we're gonna learn about food waste and food rescue and how that affects hunger relief. stay with us. we'll be right back.
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>> welcome back to "beyond the headlines." i'm cheryl jennings. you know, a lot of families enjoy big meals during the holidays and big gatherings, and all that food we buy and cook, part of it's gonna end up in the trash. you know that. so how can you keep from throwing away your money? abc news reporter rebecca jarvis has that story. >> in this kitchen, what many restaurants may consider trash is actually headed to the table. >> we were ending up with surplus ingredients. >> saucy by nature, a restaurant in brooklyn, new york, focuses on zero waste. that means when its catering business finishes a wedding or corporate event, the leftover ingredients go to the restaurant instead of the landfill. >> we don't just have to be driven by money and profit. >> from restaurants to your own refrigerator, americans are throwing out more than
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130 billion pounds of food every year. >> 40% of the food that's grown is wasted. >> and it's not just food waste, but wasted money. $371 per person spent on food you end up throwing out. multiply that for a family, and we're talking about thousands of dollars each year. what's worse -- there are still many people who don't have enough. >> one in six americans goes hungry, and so we have this very odd juxtaposition. >> at revive foods in san francisco, the focus is on food rescue, turning overripe or "ugly" fruit that's still perfectly edible into products like jam. >> it's not just a social problem. it's just not an environmental problem. it's not just an economic one. it's all of them. >> simple steps can help you limit your food waste. when you eat out, ask for smaller portions or share with friends. at home, take stock of what you have before you go grocery shopping, and watch where you
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store things. keeping onions and potatoes together shortens the shelf life on both. another simple way to save -- check those best-buy labels on your groceries. they aren't hard and fast rules, just recommendations for retailers. for example, on your eggs, the date here means it's still good for another three to five weeks. rebecca jarvis, abc news, new york. >> and here in the studio with me right now from the food bank of contra costa & solano, executive director larry sly. and you have been doing this for so long. it's so nice to see you again. >> nice to see you. >> how many years now? >> it's coming up on 40 years. it's a long time. >> eh, you're just a pup. you're just getting started, right? >> hopefully i'll get it down. >> [ laughing ] maybe some fool will hire you, right? >> yeah, right. >> you started the first -- one of the first food banks back in the '70s. why? why did you do that? >> well, okay. at that point what we were doing was providing a supplemental assistance. somebody went in to apply for a government assistance program, had forgot to bring their children's birth certificates. they sent them to the local church, where they could get three days worth of food to help
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get them through until the government assistance programs were available to them. it's been interesting, cheryl, because what we've seen now is we've become part of the network that provides service to people in need because of the access we have to fresh produce, stuff we recover from grocery stores. we are part of the system. we're not just a supplement. we're an integral part of what goes on in the community. >> yeah, but back then, you were just -- what? -- in a parking lot and a truck? one truck? >> exactly. we had a trailer park in a parking lot, two people, and it was an idea, you know. unlike steve jobs, where his thing grew into something a lot bigger, but we've grown into an industry that provides a very essential service to the community. >> and it makes a huge difference. >> very much, very much. >> i think it really speaks to the power of what one person can do. >> yeah. >> if you care and if you have the thought. >> and what we've seen is the growth of food banks throughout the nati because we have become an integral part of the system, saving food from waste, getting it to people in need, and making a difference for hungry people in our community. >> now, if didn't have what you have and that distribution system, it would be a lot harder to get so many people to give them access.
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>> completely. i mean, we've really built integral systems based on other volunteer organizations working with us, faith-based organizations. we do a lot of direct-service programs ourselves because of the community support we get. for instance, we have a program called the community produce program that takes fresh fruits and vegetables out in a beverage truck, and we set up a mobile farmers market at 50 sites throughout contra, costa, and solano counties. most of the other food banks in the bay area are doing the same thing as well, and in that way we get the fresh fruits and veggies out to people who need the help. >> i think that's so important because a lot of people, if they're struggling economically, they cannot go drive and they can't afford the stuff at the grocery store. >> we find that more than half the families we serve have a working individual in the family, but they just can't make it because the cost of living is so high. i mean, if you're making $12 an hour, that's not enough to live on in the bay area. >> no, it absolutely isn't. we talked about the story that we saw there about food waste, and so the question comes up, does food waste cause hunger? >> i think they're sort of parallel universes. if we can save food from waste, we help to deal with hunger, but the issue of hunger is the
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bigger one that we focus on. we really want to see what we do become a supplement like it was when i originally started. we'd really like to see more people enrolled in the calfresh program, receiving the benefits that are available to them to help provide healthy food to their children. one of the drawbacks to what we have is we only give away what we get, so the family doesn't really have the option to get all the foods that they may necessarily need, so if we have more people getting in the calfresh program and what we do can supplement that, it's gonna be the best thing for low-income people in our community. >> you're talking about calfresh and i was remembering what kelly said earlier about how she was embarrassed to reach out for help, but her kids and her disabled husband were so much more important so she had to overcome that. so is that a big problem to get people to you? >> yeah, i think that's a big problem, and part of what we do is outreach. all the food banks in the bay area are doing outreach to try and educate people that food stamps, calfresh is the first response to hunger in our community, and it's what the government really can do to help people in need get the food that's really necessary to them. so, yeah, we really don't want people to be embarrassed.
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we want people to get the food their children need. >> so how does it work? >> people go down, they enroll, they can come in with a -- talk to a calfresh outreach worker. they can help them prepare their application so that when they go to the county office to actually apply, it should be an easy process they go through, and then they start to receive benefits, and they'll actually get an atm card that they can use in the grocery store that allows them to buy the healthy food that they need to provide for their children. >> do they need documentation? >> there's certain documentation, but that's what our outreach worker helps them understand -- what they need to have in the way of birth certificates, income verification, the kinds of things that the county office needs to deal with, and we try to make it as easy as possible for them so that they go through and get the benefits that their children need. >> so, before we wrap up -- we have just a few more seconds -- do you need volunteers, and how important are donations? >> both are critical. we really demand -- we demand -- we ask that people give us food donations during the holiday season. that's critical to us. we need volunteers. we had over 90,000 hours of volunteer time given to our food bank last year. that makes a big difference in
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the amount that we're able to do. but money -- money is critical. as keisha said, we really need money to pay for the gas for our trucks, to pay for the food that we acquire, so we need the community support in order to make it work. we're very effective with every dollar that we get. more people are fed because of the efficiencies that food banks have, so we hope that people will invest in our work. >> and we hope they will, too, and that's why we're here, so thank you so much. appreciate it. >> appreciate your guys' help at abc7. >> any time. that is it, unfortunately, for today's show, but we have a lot more information for you about today's special and some resources where you live. just go to our website, abc7news.com/community. and we're on facebook at at abc7 community affairs, and please follow me on twitter -- cherylabc7. i'm cheryl jennings. have a great week. we'll see you next time.
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